A sea of green will race through the streets of the Welsh capital at the Cardiff University/Cardiff Half Marathon to raise vital funds for NSPCC Cymru/Wales.
Among the groups of runners supporting the event’s Lead Charity Partner will be Team Scrambled Legs, led by Fundraising Assistant Lisa Copner. The 14 runners of varying abilities have joined forces to aid in the fight for every childhood in Wales at the nation’s largest mass-participation and charity fundraising event.
The team of NSPCC Cymru/Wales staff have already raised more than £3,000 and are hoping to smash the £4,200 barrier come race day on Sunday 6 October.
“There are 14 of us running as part of Team Scrambled Legs, we’re made up of staff from our Cardiff office and we’re a real mix of running abilities,” said NSPCC Team Administrator Rosey Stonehouse.
“We all came together as a group for the Cardiff Half Marathon but we’ve really enjoyed training together and we’ve already taken part in a few events, including the Healthspan Porthcawl 10K last week.
“We’re building up towards race day, it’s great to have that target to focus on. The event is closing in and you don’t need any extra motivation to get training than knowing it is coming. Some of our group work in policy, some in fundraising and others volunteer for Childline so we see a broad range of the work the NSPCC undertakes.
“What also inspires us, as a team of 14, is knowing that we are part of this colossal community of ‘Team NSPCC’ runners. It will be great to see hundreds upon hundreds of us in our green vests when we take to streets of Cardiff in October and that in itself gives you such a boost. It is such a worthy cause and we all know just how much of a positive difference the NSPCC makes for children across Wales.”
General entries to the Cardiff Half sold-out back in April, but runners can still secure a place on the start line alongside 25,000 participants on October 6. More than £3million was raised for good causes at last year’s event but that benchmark looks set to be smashed.
Lead Charity Partner NSPCC Cymru/Wales are still recruiting runners with the big day under 12 weeks away. Entry is only £10 for NSPCC runners who pledge to raise £300, and the UK’s leading children’s charity will be there to help every step of the way.
Runners will receive a personalised training plan based on experience, fitness and goals, support from NSPCC cheer stations along the route and a post race reception with food and refreshments.
Rosey, who is running her eighth half marathon, cannot wait for raceday to arrive so she can join an army of 800 runners committed to helping keep every child in Wales safe.
“The day will be so different to the training period because the support alone will get us through the first few miles,” she added. “The atmosphere people create is fantastic and seeing so many runners in green vests makes you realise that you are making a real difference to children in Wales and their families.
“The NSPCC does so many different things and you can see just how big an impact the work can have, so I would encourage anyone who is thinking about signing up to run in support of NSPCC Cymru.”
To help Team Scrambled Legs hit their target of £4,200, head over to their JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamscrambledlegscymru.